There’s news in the Mirror today that Newcastle United are interested in 23 year-old Feyenoord captain and central midfielder Jordy Clasie.
Jordy Clasie – Dutch International midfielder
Clasie is a good player but he is small and stands only just over 5’6″ tall, and is about one half-inch taller than Vurnon Anita, who has had trouble getting to grips with the Premier League over the last three seasons.
Clasie joined Feyenoord in 2011 from Excelsior when current Southampton manager Ronald Koeman was the manager, and he made his debut in August of that year for the first team.
Since then he’s played 150 times for Feyenoord with seven goals and 23 assists, and has 11 full caps for Holland and is a good all round player and is good with both feet.
While he generally plays in attacking central midfield he can also play in defensive midfield and out on the right wing, and the news in the Mirror is that the Magpies want to offer Vurnon Anita in a part exchange plus cash to make the deal.
But the other club said to be interested in him is Southampton, and we have to think that he would want to join the Saints, if only because Ronald Koeman is there and the Dutch manager would seem to have the advantage of persuading the player to join him on the south coast.
The Saints may be losing some of their best players again this summer and £10M rated Clasie is said to be the potential replacement for Morgan Schneiderlin.
Koeman have a much better chance of persuading Clasie to join the Saints than John Carver would have persuading the Dutchman to join Newcastle, although some other top clubs like Liverpool are also said to be interested in the player.
Southampton are a more ambitious club than Newcastle these days, and they have made it clear they want to be in the Champions League and they have also finished above Newcastle over the last three seasons in the Premier League.
So we cannot see Newcastle being too successful in persuading the 23 year-old to join us in the summer, and here’s an example of Newcastle being after a good player but really we have very little chance of signing him because of our poor record over the last three seasons, and our complete lack of ambition.
So when John Carver says we are going after some top players – fine – but we cannot be favored to bring in many of our top candidates.
And we’ll bring in none at all if we drop down to the Championship, which is always a possibility if we keep losing our games.